Angelo Mathews slams Sri Lanka's performance

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews minced no words after his team were knocked out of the Asia Cup 2018, terming their performance “shocking” and “disappointing”. "This was shocking from the whole team. Even in the first game, we got all out for 150-odd. Congratulations to Afghanistan as they...


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captain Angelo Mathews..

"Even in the first game, we got all out for 150-odd. Congratulations to Afghanistan, they outplayed us. We got a good start but once again lost our way in the middle overs. The bowlers did well, the fielding had also improved from the last match. It's just the batting unit that let us down. We played better cricket in the latter part of the South Africa series. Just disappointing to see the way the boys went about it. We just couldn't handle pressure. Not passing 150 on both occasions is very shocking and disappointing."

Over to you Mathews.....


How about the TWO ZERO Starts to begin TWO VITAL ODI innings CONSECUTIVELY, with ONE OPENER already RETURNED back to the hut in FIRST OVER ITSELF?


What is the roll of KUSAL MENDIS in the playing XI in those 2 Odis & his past Odi appearances since 2017 going at 18 batting average?


Isn't the BENCHED BOY Dikka was the third best Run scorer in previous series?


Didn't Dickwella scored 826 runs at 33 Av going at blistering 96 STRIKE RATE becoming the 2nd best SL Batter behind Tharanga (Opener who scored 1,000+ runs at 50 av - 48 Av - 92 SR)?


Isn't it the most logical thing to do is, to give the most productive pair of Openers (& individual run Making as well) the maximum possible chances together up to WC, as Openers to make the maximum use of them in WC?

There are too many more QUESTIONS to be asked apart from the above from Mathews & million dollar Coach Hathuru.

The Opening pair Tharanga & Dickwella had produced 599 runs for the 1st Wicket @ 40 Average, maintaining an EXCEPTIONAL RUN RATE 6.33 in their 15 Odi inings together as Openers during the period since Jan 2017 to date. Another point to be noted is all those 599 runs in their 15 innings together were scored against Top Class Quality Opponents as follows:

- 10 inngs Vs SA
- 4 innings Vs PK
- 1 Ing Vs India

The Best Performed Individual Openers - Overall Av, SR maintained over higher number of innings (batting @ No: 1, 2 ) in past 20 months, since Jan 2017

The Best Performed Individual Openers - Overall Av, SR maintained over higher number of innings (batting @ No: 1, 2 ) in past 20 months, since Jan 2017

PLease read my blog article published just before Asia Cup

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All of these players are clueless and talentless.

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Pathetic batting Display in Asia CUP
Sri Lanka batting - Two bowlers have better Averages than Every batter (except Tharanga)

If Niroshan dickwella or at least Dhanjaya de Silva (much better than Dhanushka) was allowed to play and be the Opening partner of Tharanga, the scenario could have been much better for SL.. But instead the Coach & skipper preferred a Zero Productive Walking Wicket Kusal Mendis is the best Option to Open in both Matches.

Player Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s

WU Tharanga 2 0 63 36 31.50 80 78.75 0 0 0 7 1

MDK Perera 1 0 29 29 29.00 44 65.90 0 0 0 0 2

RAS Lakmal 1 0 20 20 20.00 25 80.00 0 0 0 1 1

AD Mathews 2 0 38 22 19.00 73 52.05 0 0 0 1 0

NLTC Perera 2 0 34 28 17.00 45 75.55 0 0 0 3 0

MDKJ Perera 2 0 28 17 14.00 41 68.29 0 0 0 4 0

GSNFG Jayasuriy 1 0 14 14 14.00 28 50.00 0 0 0 0 0

DM de Silva 2 0 23 23 11.50 41 56.09 0 0 1 2 1

MA Aponso 1 0 4 4 4.00 31 12.90 0 0 0 0 0

SL Malinga 2 1 4 3* 4.00 10 40.00 0 0 0 0 0

MD Shanaka 2 0 7 7 3.50 24 29.16 0 0 1 0 0

A Dananjaya 1 0 2 2 2.00 10 20.00 0 0 0 0 0

BKG Mendis 2 0 0 0 0.00 3 0.00 0 0 2 0 0

PVD Chameera 1 1 2 2* - 5 40.00 0 0 0 0 0

(Last edited by MDKJulius Caesar on September 17, 2018 - 17:41)
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Already axed Asela Gunarathne and he is not even in the scene any more.

Now the poor guy who made lots of runs already with 2 hundreds 7 fifty pluses with fiery 90+ SR & 32 av, from half of the inngs of useless Kusal mendis still has one hundred from 50+ innings and average in the 20s.

I wouldn't be surprised, next if they axe the highest run making SL opener in odis upul Tharanga also to chip in some more dear duckies to lay some more upfront eggs. LoL Useless odi guys like Dinesh C, K Mendis & even over hyped Danushka will only sink Sl further down in limited over cricket. Even Angelo Mathews as a skipper is a horrible nightmare. With his selfish play & dumb strategies such as not using the best striker to break a stand until it swelled to massive match winning 133 runs for 3rd wkt as seen Vs BD defeat.

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Isn't Mathews the main problem of this unit ? :P

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They have completely sealed off Kandy boy Asela Gunarthne's highly assertiveness showed in his brief stint, Now they are doing the same to another Kandy boy Niroshan Dickwella too... Who is next? the only consistent run maker remaining in the side, but repeatedly sidelined & ill-treated Upul Tharanga..? It happened before 2015 WC and that is a possibility, to accommodate some doo-little dear to them.

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Firstly I should start by saying I hate myself for not being able to give up on these guys!

I don't find the defeats shocking, I don't find the losses unexpected, but what I DO find shocking is that we are the only team where you get a promotion for under performing as a player. Eg Kusal Mendis, has been in terrible form, scores ducks being 1 down, then gets sent in to open. As if we have a solid middle order who can steady the ship. Every player in this current team (except Akila Dhananjaya) is looking for a place to hide because they are terribly out of form and have zero confidence, they may not say it because they want to be in the team but that is the honest truth. I have played club cricket for a long time but I am not a cricket coach, it ONLY took me a few games to realize Kusal Mendis will never make it big because he has plenty of technical flaws. So many great people including the current coach, captain, past players etc... kept saying he will be our next best thing, but sorry NO ONE makes it big over a long period of time with a flawed technique. Otherwise you have say The tendulkars, Sangakarra's of yesterday were just playing well time and time again by sheer luck, which is NOT true. The World Cup is already looking way out of reach for US. But here is my suggestion if we at least want to try :

1 - Dimuth Karunaratna and
2 - Tharanga must open.
(Over the last few months I feel that Dimuth has grown as a player, Test Cricket is always the test of real skills. He has shown patience and grit and here's hoping he can transform that into the ODIs)
3 - Dhananjaya DeSilva or Kusal Perera as one down. (Dananjaya has a solid technique and can also bowl a few overs). Kusal has got plenty of experience. I trust one of these players to come good soon.
4 - Chandimal,
5 - Matthews
These two make up 4 and 5. (They have the most experience from the current lot and have to be in the team)
6 - Roshen Silva (A good lower middle order player who can hold an innings together. Again has good temperament and technique)
7 - Dickwella (Wicket keeper and lower middle order batsmen) or Kusal Perera if he is not in previous slot
8 - Thissara or Dasun Shanaka (I would simply pick this based on need, if you want a strong batting line up go with Dasun or a stronger bowling option Thissara might be the option)
9 - Akila Dhananjaya (The only player who is an automatic selection amongst current players)
10 - Suranga Lakmal - He has to be our number one fast bowling option based on performance over time.
Malinga is great has done great things but we cannot be a team that chooses on sentiments, we have done this over and over with many players and its not how the top teams do it. They simply select based on performance over time not a single game or a single series.
11 - Malinga / Chameera / Pradeep
But I still think we need a left arm fast bowler. We need variety to attack. We currently lack that, all our fast bowler are very much the same except Malinga and unfortunately he is not in his prime.

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We are not going to achieve anything under this selfish captain UNLUCKY. Not at-least a toss.......

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I think Captaincy too have a big issue, we must go with Suranga or Chandi for next 12 Months....
Others 100% Agree with evoryder

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1. Kusal Perera/Upul Tharanga/Dimuth Karunaratne
2. Danushka Gunathilaka/Niroshan Dickwella
3. Dinesh Chandimal/Kusal Mendis
4. Dhananjaya De Silva
5. Angelo Mathews
6. Roshen Silva/Asela Gunaratne
7. Thisara Perera/Dasun Shanaka
8. Akila Dhananjaya/Sadakan
9. Suranga Lakmal/Isuru Udana/Nuwan Pradeep
10. Dushmantha Chameera/Shehan Madushanka
11. Lasith Malinga

These are the only players we should play with.

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